We are grateful for all of our 2015 Art for Jobs sponsors. Their continual support is a blessing to the 38126 community in addition to the entire city of Memphis.
Parker Rhett has been an Art for Jobs supporter for two years now, and we greatly appreciate his commitment to our community. He is also a consistent volunteer at Advance Memphis and we’re grateful for the way he serves! He is part of the State Farm mission to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. Rhett graduated with a B.A. in Business from Mississippi State University, is married and has 3 kids, is a member of a local Church, has experience with the Memphis Chamber of Commerce, and is a resource for relocations to Memphis.
Find him on his website here.
Stuart Janssen is an artist living in Memphis who also teaches art to children. He finds inspiration in children’s books and is very fascinated by vivid, visual narratives. In his work, Janssen hopes to create new visual narratives that engage the viewer. His works typically employ timing to evoke curiosity, thus a co-creating relationship develops between the artist and viewer. We are pleased to have Stuart Janssen as an Art for Jobs 2015 artist, and we appreciate his contribution to our community.
Our 2015 Picasso level sponsor of Art for Jobs is SouthernSun Asset Management. Over the years, SouthernSun has generously supported Advance in numerous ways: they have hired graduates as interns, donated lunch for class, and made gifts that have sustained programs at Advance. In addition, individual staff members have served Advance with creativity and passion. The generous support of businesses like SouthernSun Asset Management empowers our graduates to pursue their educational and professional goals and move toward financial stability.
SouthernSun Asset Management, established in 1989, is a research-driven investment management firm, implementing SMID Cap, Small Cap and Global Equity investment strategies. Their name reflects a commitment to shed light on investment opportunities both at home and around the globe—a commitment that has driven their work throughout their history. Although their roots are proudly established in Memphis, they travel around the world to seek out the information they need to make sound financial decisions. To learn more about SouthernSun, view their website here.
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We are grateful for all of our 2015 Art for Jobs sponsors. Their generous support is a blessing not only to the 38126 community but also the entire city of Memphis. Grant & Co. has generously supported Art for Jobs for three years now, and we are so thankful for their commitment to this community. Learn more about Art for Jobs here.
As a third-generation Memphis builder, Grant & Company has been building new homes for Mid-South families for more than half a century! Carl Grant began building new homes in the early 1940s in northern Shelby County, then Richard and Milton Grant followed in their father’s footsteps in the 1970s with their own companies. The youngest generation of Grant home builders has taken the proven method of “tried and true” construction craftsmanship established by their father and grandfather and combined that with the latest innovative ideas of home design to create one of the most respected and progressive residential construction companies in the Mid-South. Today, Grant & Company remains a driving force in the home building industry representing a large percentage of new homes built and sold in Arlington, TN, Bartlett, TN, Lakeland, TN, and Olive Branch, MS. Visit their website to learn more about Grant & Co.
We are so grateful for all of our 2015 Art for Jobs sponsors. The generous support of businesses like Dillard Door empowers our graduates to pursue their educational and professional goals and move toward financial stability.
First established as a door company in the 1940s, Dillard Door has grown into one of the most successful security system providers in Tennessee today. With over 60 years of experience, they have earned a strong reputation for integrity, reliability, and ingenuity. No matter the size of the project, their goal is the same: to help secure properties. Their experience includes collaborating closely with property owners, architects and engineers and developing solutions for a wide range of commercial and residential applications. Visit their website to learn more about their services.
We are so grateful for all of our 2015 Art for Jobs sponsors. Their generous support continues to bless the 38126 community as well as the entire city of Memphis. Commercial Advisors is a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, but they are much more than just sponsors. Their employees have spent hours working on the grounds of Advance Memphis, mentoring our participants through Work Life and Faith & Finances classes, and much more. At right, Jobs for Life grad Parichien and volunteer Mark Jenkins, an Executive VP at Commercial Advisors, are seen after a Jobs for Life graduation. We’re grateful for the way this company loves their city!
Commercial Advisors provides strategic advisory and occupier services in office, industrial, land, and retail real estate. They develop client-driven real estate solutions from an understanding of the specific business drivers formulated by in-depth research and mature expertise. They assist with the fundamental requirements of its clients including: acquisition of leased space, lease negotiations, business incentives and sales transactions. Commercial Advisors was founded with a core mission to provide best-of-class business real estate advisory services in the Memphis region. Through its alliance with Cushman & Wakefield, Commercial Advisors is able to access a global business platform to provide a broad range of client-oriented services. To learn more about Commercial Advisors, visit their website here.
We are grateful for all of our 2015 Art for Jobs sponsors. Their generous support is a blessing to the 38126 community as well as the entire city of Memphis. In addition to supporting Art for Jobs, Wepfer Marine has also hired several of our Jobs for Life graduates with benefits. They have an amazing team down on President’s Island, and we’re so happy to be a small part of that.
Wepfer Marine is a small harbor and fleeting operation servicing six ports on the Mississippi River operating approximately 20 boats. They also operate a small shipyard in Memphis, providing maintenance and repairing inland towboats and barges and Coast Guard buoy tenders. They employ approximately 150 people on vessels and in shoreside facilities. Wepfer Marine is a proud employer of graduates of Advance’s Jobs for Life program.
We are grateful for all of our 2014 Art for Jobs sponsors. Their generous support is a blessing to the 38126 community.
Jon Gambrell Construction was incorporated in 2001 to serve the construction needs of the Mid-South. However, the service behind that name has a much longer history. The owner, Jon Gambrell, began his career in construction in 1987 working as a trim carpenters apprentice in new homes. After gaining several years of experience and valuable training by some of the best in the business, he started his own crew of trim carpenters. Their quality quickly set them apart and together they trimmed homes all over the greater Memphis area. Jon and his crews even traveled out of town at the request of some clients, to complete special jobs. Building custom homes, remodeling existing homes and adding grand additions has been the specialty of the company for many years. The same qualities that led to so much residential work have also led to several commercial projects. With remodels, additions, and new constructions, Jon and his men work all over the area, including East Memphis, Chickasaw Gardens, Germantown and also several projects located in Shelby and Fayette Counties. Visit the website here.
Emery Franklin grew up in the community surrounding Advance Memphis. The youngest of six children, he always aspired to be an artist. His first realization of his talents occurred when he attended Vance Junior High, just west of this building. Franklin believes strongly that his hands have been guided by God, as he always prays before starting each new creation. His family values are rooted in religion, truth, and honesty.
Franklin’s work has been exhibited in the National Black Fine Art Show in Manhattan and at Gallery Swarm in Chicago. Locally, his work has been featured at the National Civil Rights Museum and the Vesta Home Show, as well as in 13 galleries across the U.S.
Terry and Jerry Lynn are brother artists who collaborate on art under the signature “Twin.” They have shown many solo and group exhibitions and have been collected worldwide. Offering a wealth of versatility, both artists are proficient at realism, as well as abstract painting styles; in working in oil or acrylic; and in fine art print making. Twin were the official artists of the 1998 Essence Music Awards in New York and they created the official poster for the 1997 Philadelphia Art Expo. They have been featured in magazines such as Southern Living, Midsouth Living, and At Home. They have had art displayed in the Shelby County Mayor’s Office, the Nashville International Airport, and had work selected for participation in the US Art in the Embassies, among numerous other places.